Effects Of Car Pollution On Environment
Car and other automobiles have a major impact upon the environment. They are responsible for most forms of pollution, including air, water, noise and land pollution, and thus, the effect of car pollution on environment cannot be emphasized enough.
In fact, a fact sheet from the US EPA has said that when a person drives a car everyday, it is the person's most polluting activity on a daily basis.Several researches have been conducting surveys and studies to research other effects of car pollution on the environment. Some of the effects of car pollution on the environment are presented below.
According to a study, car exhaust particulates result in more cloud formation in the atmosphere, but cause less rain. The increased levels of these particulates in the atmosphere result in a decrease of low-level winds, which adversely impacts the amount of available wind power.
Exhaust from car contains many pollutants including hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. Each pollutant can adversely affect the environment by either contributing to the smog problem or in causing the greenhouse effect. This is potentially dangerous, since the excess heat in the atmosphere, resulting from car pollution, can alter the weather patterns, and can make them to become unpredictable. This would lead to more natural disasters and catastrophes.
The car scrap can also affect the environment. A 1996 EPA report estimated that about 800 million tires were stockpiled in dumps across the country. These tire dumps, classified as an "ongoing environmental hazard" provide ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Additionally, it poses a very serious fire hazard. When a tire dump catches fire, the burning tire casings emit dangerous toxic gases, and are very difficult to extinguish.
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